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Turkish food in Chicago

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So in addition to introducing me to some new cuisines, my Chicago Dining World Tour has proven valuable in prompting me to rediscover those that I just haven't had in a long while, for no good reason.

And while I've found some good places with the help of Yelp or by heeding personal recommendations, Cafe Orchid is one I noticed in transversing Addison on the way to the expressway.

It's located just west of Lincoln Avenue in a cute little self-contained building on the north side of the street.

Last Saturday I met my friend Bob there-even though we live just five minutes from each other-before we each carried on to different events in the city that evening.

We started with an appetizer of hummus, which somewhat surprisingly to me was not accompanied by pita bread but rather a raised & sliced bread. Both the bread and hummus were delicious.

In order to sample a more unique appetizer we also ordered a Feta Wrap, aka: Sigara Borek = Pan fried phyllo dough stuffed with creamy turkish feta cheese and parsley.From that description, I don't know quite what I was expecting, but was a bit surprised when the dish arrived with what looked like elongated Thai spring rolls (the fried kind) or perhaps Mexican flautas.

All the more reason I'm having such fun with my multicultural gastro-ethnic expedition; it's interesting how foods from cultures quite distant and different can nonetheless seem rather similar.

The feta wraps were fantastic, though it helped to have the hummus to dip them in.

For a beverage, the waitress-having been told by Bob about my exploratory intent-suggested Ayran, which is a yogurt drink. Again, I had no true reason to expect different, but didn't expect what was basically a glass of liquified white yogurt, with no flavoring or sweetness. As is, it was much too sour for my tastes, but I added a packet of Equal and that helped.

For his entree, Bob order Iskender = choice of doner, beef, lamb, chicken, kofte, adana, lamb or beef; served over pan-fried bread with butter, yogurt & choice of tomato sauce or mild spicy butter sauce.

Check these out ...

by Ick-a-Bobs

Ethiopian Diamond (Shimbra Assa with the Veggie combo, perfect dinner for two!) - Edgewater
Yummy Yummy (great mock meat dishes) - on Broadway, just north of Diversey
Cousin's (The Original, Turkish Delight every time) - on Broadway, just north of Diversey
Soul Veg - Southside, on 75th St, just east of the Dan Ryan
Veggie Bite - Southside, on 111th St, just about Beverly and I guess the northside, if that ever opens.
Karyn's Cooked (I think they are borrowing from Soul Veg's menu) - on Wells St, Gold Coast
Amitabul's (Everything is great!) - 6207 N Milwaukee Ave
Pick Me Up Cafe (open 24 hours on the weekends, great vegan shakes among other items) - 3408 N Clark
Blind Faith - Evanston
Alice and Friend's (Pretty good) - 5812 N Broadway

Turkish Culture and Festivities  — Free Times
The South Carolina Dialogue Foundation is sponsoring a Turkish Cultural Festival on April 26 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event aims to showcase authentic Turkish food, games and music.

FAQ

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What are some populer/traditional food and drink in turkey?

Any information on websites plz... :)

A note. I have observed that common dishes with Greeks have different touches. Try the Turkish touch on dolma and baklava. :)

Suriyah
Turkish food?

Am going to turkey very soon, me and my family adore spicey food since we are south asian, what sort of food in turkey is spicey which you could recommend we try? thnx

South and Southeastern cuisine would be it. Adana and Urfa kebap restaurants will satisfy your spicey needs, but you would want to try finding restaurants that cook other than just kebaps. Unfortunately the image of the local cuisines are overwhelmed by kebap, but there's much, much more than that. A trip to the area is recommended.

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